Sunday Reads Book Review: Nemesis (YA)

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About the Book

The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world’s energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy.

My Review

I love YA books and I love dystopian futuristic novels, but I was a little ambivalent about this one.  First of all, you should be aware that I would not recommend this for the younger YA set, just because the characters sometimes act and the themes sometimes run toward the adult rather than YA.  The second half of the book was better than the first – the first half really dragged for me.  I know when you are dealing with an “alternate world” you have to get the reader accustomed to it, but it really was draggy for me.  The second half of the book did pick up and I found myself much more into the characters.  Sepora is spunky, and I did get into it, so I will probably pick up the sequel.  I would recommend this for the teen who LOVES dystopian novels – they will likely really enjoy this novel.  

You can pick up a copy at Amazon.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Macmillan through NetGalley.




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